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O'Halloran and Foray lead Honda bid for Superstock crown

'I'm looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead this season and I'm especially looking forward to racing the new Fireblade SP' - Jason O'Halloran
Former Australian Supersport champion Jason O'Halloran will front a two-man team for Honda with Freddy Foray in the Superstock 1000 Championship this season.

The pair will ride the new CBR1000RR Fireblade SP in the series, while reigning Endurance World champion Julien Da Costa will compete in four rounds of the MCE British Superbike Championship for Honda Racing at Snetterton, Donington Park, Silverstone and the final race at Brands Hatch.

Honda won the BSB crown last year with Alex Lowes, but has not committed to a full season in the championship in 2014. The manufacturer, though, intends to return full-time next year and Da Costa's input from the four BSB rounds he contests will aid the development programme of the Fireblade.

Da Costa has set himself a target of finishing on the rostrum in BSB before the final round of the season at Brands Hatch.

“I'm very excited to come back to British Superbikes, especially with the reigning championship team and machine,” he said.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for me to test and develop the new Fireblade SP and I'm really looking forward to the year ahead.

“I know it will be a tough challenge but I will do my absolute best to get on the podium before the final round at Brands Hatch.”

Superstock contender O'Halloran, meanwhile, is determined to secure the championship crown for Honda in 2014.

“This will be my fourth consecutive season with Honda UK and my seventh year as a Honda rider; I spent three years with Honda Australia before I came to the UK,” he said.

“Honda has played a big part in my racing career so it's great to be continuing with them for 2014. I'm looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead this season and I'm especially looking forward to racing the new Fireblade SP.

“With the new machine and Honda (UK) behind me I believe we have everything in place to succeed and I won't be looking for anything less than a championship win,” he added. “I've worked hard over the winter to prepare and I can't wait to get started.”

Honda Racing UK's team boss, Neil Tuxworth, added: “While we're obviously disappointed not to be defending our 2013 British Superbike title but we're very pleased to have some involvement in the championship for 2014.

“Julien Da Costa competing in four rounds of the Superbike championship will enable us to continue developing the Fireblade machine ready for a full return to the class in 2015.

“We're also excited to be contesting all rounds of the Superstock season with the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. We've retained the services of Jason O'Halloran – who has won Superstock races for us before – and we're also very pleased to welcome double EWC championship Freddy Foray to the team,” he added.

“We're looking forward to bringing home some positive results this season.”





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